With their loss Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. But interim head coach Joe Philbin isn’t ready to give up just yet. After all, he has a potential job interview to coach for. With two games left in their season, Philbin stresses that the Packers are going to go all out. We can probably take that to mean they won’t rest any of their starters.
If someone happens to be at risk though, he won’t put them out there. That’d just be reckless.
“In the general sense, my philosophy is football players are paid to play football games, and football coaches are paid to coach football games, so obviously we have to go through the week and we would never put any player out there that wasn’t physically ready to go,” Philbin told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky on Monday.
Now it’s clear that quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been 100 percent this season, but that’s not the only issue at play here. He’s developing bad habits and doubling down on them as the season goes along. He didn’t throw an interception in over 400 pass attempts, and that’s an incredible feat. But he also continues to throw the ball away too often and take too many sacks on third down. Other injuries to key players includes halfback Aaron Jones suffering an MCL sprain on Sunday.
“But that’s my general philosophy and overall philosophy whether it’s Aaron Rodgers or anybody else. We’re the Green Bay Packers, we’re a football team and we’re in the business of winning football games, and we want all our players who are healthy to contribute to the overall success of the team. Period,” Philbin continues.
This season, the Packers rank 10th in yards per game (370.7) but 16th in points (23.7). And while they rank 9th in passing yards per game (264.0), the production just hasn’t been consistent. So it’s nice that Philbin wants a professional approach as they close out the season. Obviously players don’t just want to go out there and lose. Hopefully, though, key players don’t pick up unnecessary injuries in the process.